With a symbolic poster board check Governor Rick Perry Tuesday morning poured in some much needed funding for the Bastrop fire recovery effort.
"This is a check for a $1,612,000" Perry said.
The fire in late September of 2011 claimed two lives and destroyed about 1,700 homes is considered to be the most destructive wild fire in Texas history.
The $1,612,500 comes from the state disaster fund and will grow more than just green trees. It will be used to bring in federal funds according to State Senator Kirk Watson.
"Its money that will go to helping make sure the FEMA match that we are facing deadlines we won't miss any of those deadlines," Watson said.
The Bastrop Delegation at the check presentation included former Judge Ronnie McDonald and recently elected Paul Pape.
"Some of this money will be used to keep this from happening again, Fire Hazard Mitigation is the new watch word in Bastrop County. We got to stop this and that means getting ahead of it and planning ahead," Pape said.
For a while it seemed as if Bastrop would not get any state aid that prompted local Representative Tim Kleinschmidt to write a letter to the governor. He warned delaying help could increase costs. A year later he got his answer.
"When you look at central Texas counties we can't have a hurricane but we can have these wildfires and we can have other events and we need help," said Kleinschmidt.
Along with the cash Governor Perry also offered more praise to those who answered the call for help and those who continue to work.
"To all of them who are not here we tip our hat to them as well," Perry said.